Reports on Protest & Resistance
If you DON'T get involved in the National Mobilization in New York City on October 24, 2015, you have, by default, chosen a side. I realize that you may not be able to pick up and get to New York, but there is something you CAN do. I was asked by a friend to host a small fundraising gathering at my apartment. The parameters for the event were simple. I would select friends and acquaintances who might or might not know about the upcoming event in NYC. The invitations were sent to only my selected quests.
The World Can't Wait-Hawai`i contingent in the 2015 Pride Parade wasn't our biggest ever, and our decorations weren't as "over the top" as some, but we got a tremendous response from the crowd lining Kalakaua Blvd as we passed. As we approached we could see people reading our lead banner:
At the Left Forum in New York City May 30-31, World Can't Wait will host a series of panels to explore the developing “war on terror” and our opposition against the crimes of our government. Please join us for the following events:
- Deep Into Drone Wars & Secret Ops:
What's the "War on Terror" Coming To?
- US Wars of Aggression & Islamic Jihad:
What is the Bigger Danger and How Should the Antiwar Movement Respond?
- “We Tortured Some Folks” But Don't Take it Too Seriously, Says US Government
On May 16 in San Francisco, World Can’t Wait joined a protest demonstration of 200 people to demand Stop the War on Yemen. Members of the Yemeni community in the Bay Area (one of the largest in the U.S.) organized this street march and rally ”calling on all to support their struggle for self determination against foreign intervention and imperialist wars” and welcomed everyone.
World Can’t Wait Chicago joined a coalition of other organizations and concerned individuals on April 25 to condemn the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian war on Yemen now underway. Called on short notice, it was good to see 50-75 people with banners and signs saying “Hands Off Yemen” and “Saudi Rulers Are War Criminals” and “No U.S. Intervention.”
Air force bases for drones are sprinkled around the U.S. but the largest is Creech AFB, near Las Vegas, a key center for drone control, and for training of drone operators. Opponents of targeted killing by the U.S. in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia have gathered at Creech this week to demand its end.
In this country of unending wars, vast surveillance of whole populations, targeted killing, “enhanced interrogation,” and secret ops. the existence of the US torture camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has become a powerful symbol.
The evening of October 30, at the 92nd Street & in Manhattan — which has a reputation for being a center of culture and freedom of expression — Ray McGovern (the outspoken anti-war activist and former CIA analyst) was confronted by name and denied entry to an event where General David Petraeus was speaking. Very quickly after being blocked by 92nd Street Y security, Ray was injured by the NYPD, arrested, held overnight in Central Booking (formerly known as The Tombs), and charged with "criminal trespass" in the third degree, and "resisting arrest."
All over the nation, over 70 cities chose to participate in the 19th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation held on October 22nd, 2014. We here at World Can't Wait also joined in.